A valued worker is retiring after spending 30 years at Shepparton Private Hospital.ALEXANDRA BOLKAS February 22, 2014 5:42am
Long stint: Lyn Currie, 71, hopes to travel with her husband in retirement after working in Shepparton Private Hospital's kitchen since 1983.
Lyn Currie never thought she would spend 30 years working in a hospital.
Mrs Currie, 71, began working in the kitchen of Shepparton Private Hospital in 1983.
She will retire on Thursday next week.
The Tallygaroopna resident had previously worked at the SPC cannery and was the manager of Shepparton Meatworks.
‘‘I never in my wildest dreams thought I’d end up working in a hospital,’’ she said.
‘‘My sister-in-law worked at the base hospital and someone there said there was a position in the catering department, so she gave my name,’’ she said.
Mrs Currie said she had to consult with her husband before accepting the job.
‘‘We only had one car at the time, but he said go for it,’’ she said.
She said she had witnessed many changes at the hospital, including the addition of wards and an increased bed capacity.
‘‘We only had 32 beds when I first started — I’ve seen a lot of changes,’’ she said.
Mrs Currie spent many years working as menu monitor — handing menus out to each patient and co-ordinating breakfast — before her position changed to include general kitchen duties such as patient meal delivery.
She said she had stayed with the hospital because of the mateship between staff members,
Some have even taken to calling her their ‘‘nana’’.
‘‘I’m the oldest person in the hospital and the respect all the staff have shown to me is wonderful,’’ she said.
‘‘The maintenance man started calling me nana and it rubbed off on a few of the others, so now I get nana quite a bit. But I don’t mind because I’m a nana and great-grandma.’’
After taking five months long-service leave last year, Mrs Currie decided she needed to take some time for herself.
‘‘I’m 71 and I don’t think I can keep working the way I was working,’’ she said.
‘‘The hardest day of my life was walking in on the Monday and handing in my letter of resignation.’’
She said she would most miss her girls in the kitchen.
‘‘I’ll definitely miss my girls in the kitchen because they are just beautiful,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ve had a lot of good times and a lot of tough times and they always help you get through the tough times.
‘‘The girls are always happy and there is no nastiness or cattiness, they’re a really great bunch, I’m going to miss the laughing.’’
Mrs Currie said she hoped to travel with her husband in retirement.
Fellow food services assistant Trish Drum has worked with Mrs Currie for 12 years.
She said her good company would be sorely missed.
‘‘She always takes an interest in our families and is so cheery,’’ she said.
‘‘Lyn always has a little story to tell us.’’
Angela De Bernardin has worked with Mrs Currie for two years and said her hearty laugh and heart of gold would be greatly missed.
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